The weather has taken a turn for the freezing over the past few days and it’s beginning to feel so much more like autumn with the cold winds, rains and dark nights. Autumn and the approach of winter is one of my favourite times of year. I love to be out in the cold just so that I can come back in and enjoy something warm and be cosy. Whilst working in Spain on a donkey sanctuary, we were treated to the most amazing porridge for breakfast. It was like a little porridge factory as the table was spread with an incredible array of toppings: nuts, seeds, coconut, arandanos or dried cranberries, apricots, dates, raisins, linseed, granola, honey. It was porridge heaven – even the donkeys loved it – I’ve never seen anything eaten so quickly as Norbert schlooped up his porridge! It’s a wonderfully hearty cinnamon sweet winter treat and I am so grateful to the wonderful Marleen for sharing it with me, so that I can now share it with you.
2 tbsps (approx. 30g) porridge oats
250ml (approx.) water
½ tsp molasses (definitely worth buying for the wonderful taste it gives the porridge – you can use it to make delicious cookies, baked beans and in all sorts of baking)
a generous sprinkle of cinnamon
a drizzle of honey
toppings of your choice: dried fruits, nuts, seeds, granola etc.
- Peel and chop the apple and banana in to chunks.
- Set a small saucepan over a medium heat with the oats and water.
- Add the banana, apple and molasses, cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, adding more water if necessary and stirring occasionally to make sure the porridge doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle the top with cinnamon, replace the lid and cook for another minute or two whilst you get your bowl and toppings ready. The amount of water and oats depends on personal preference – how thick you like your porridge and how much you wish to make. This recipe serves two but simply add more oats and water to feed more people.
- Sprinkle with your toppings, drizzle with honey and enjoy! You can try adding any different fruits, perhaps some ginger or other spices – whatever you like!